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Robert Lawrence: A forgotten NASA pioneer

Robert Lawrence: A forgotten NASA pioneer

As the 50th anniversary of the first Black astronaut’s death approaches, a NASA official says  there won’t be a remembrance ceremony. BY ERICK JOHNSON CHICAGO CRUSADER/NNPA Two historic events that changed America occurred 50 years ago. While many will remember the 50th anniversary of the failed Apollo 1 space flight, an equally historic event that […]

Families reconcile 160 years after Dred Scott court decision

Families reconcile 160 years after Dred Scott court decision

BY JONATHAN M. PITTS BALTIMORE SUN/TNS BALTIMORE – Kate Taney Billingsley grew up struggling with her family history. Her ancestor Roger B. Taney was the U.S. Supreme Court chief justice who wrote the Dred Scott decision, issued March 6, 1857, that ruled Congress could not regulate slavery and that Blacks could not be considered U.S. […]

Book offers fullest account yet of Emmett Till story

Book offers fullest account yet of Emmett Till story

DR. GLENN C. ALTSCHULER SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER Like many Black folks in Chicago, Mamie Carthan Till did not want to lose touch with her ancestral home in Mississippi, even though it remained a land of ghosts and terror. And so in the summer of 1955, she sent her 14-year-old son to visit his […]

Former Haitian president Rene Preval dies at 74

Former Haitian president Rene Preval dies at 74

FROM WIRE REPORTS Former Haitian President Rene Preval died on March 3 at age 74. Preval was president of Haiti from 1996 to 2001 and again from 2006 to 2011. He died at his home in Laboule, a neighborhood in Port-au-Prince. The cause of death had not been confirmed by the Florida Courier’s press deadline […]

A NEW ERA FOR SOUL FOOD

A NEW ERA FOR SOUL FOOD

Some African-Americans have adapted new approaches to cooking, which leads to better health and living longer. Editor’s note: This is the second installment on the legacy of soul food. Part 1 appeared in the Feb. 17 issue of the Florida Courier. BY PENNY DICKERSON FLORIDA COURIER Soul food has taken center stage in the millennium […]

Celebrating Women’s History Month with a little inspiration

Celebrating Women’s History Month with a little inspiration

By Alex Kline/McClatchy-Tribune As March is now upon us, we celebrate Women’s History Month and commemorate the amazing ladies who took women from having no legal existence to being political leaders. The field is as vast as it is diverse, with martyrs, astronauts, poets and first ladies filling the outspoken — and at times shocking […]

Book tells what it took for Blacks to get and keep land

Book tells what it took for Blacks to get and keep land

BOOK REVIEW Review of A Mind to Stay: White Plantation, Black Homeland.  By Sydney Nathans. Harvard University Press. 313 pp.  $29.95 DR. GLENN C. ALTSCHULER SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER Long after the Civil War ended and slavery was abolished, Paul and Jim Hargis continued to work on the plantation near Greensboro, Alabama owned by […]

1 MILLION VISITORS SINCE SEPTEMBER

1 MILLION VISITORS SINCE SEPTEMBER

The Smithsonian Institution’s national museum has become the premier place for Black history and culture BY BREANNA EDWARDS THEROOT.COM The National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., has reached a huge milestone in the few months it has been opening, hitting its 1 million visitors mark last week. The Smithsonian Institution […]

Wal-Mart goes small with pilot convenience stores

Wal-Mart goes small with pilot convenience stores

Quick-service sites open in Texas and Arkansas BY MARIA HALKIAS DALLAS MORNING NEWS/TNS CROWLEY, Texas – In a parking lot on Main Street in this nondescript town of 14,000, Wal-Mart is testing out what it hopes could be its next small thing — a genuine convenience store. Walk into the 2,500- square-foot store, and the […]

Getting married? Beware of hidden wedding expenses

Getting married? Beware of hidden wedding expenses

BY DANIELLE BRAFF CHICAGO TRIBUNE/TNS Your wedding day is approaching, and you’ve budgeted for the dress, venue, music, invites and photographer. But there are plenty of hidden wedding expenses that can pop up as late as the big day. We spoke with wedding experts who exposed those tricky little costs, so you’ll have a beautiful […]